February 27, 2018 | 12:43PM & 12:44PM
Introducing Graham Edward and Luke Patrick to the world! Our sweet baby boys decided to make an early appearance at 35 weeks, 1 day. Full story to come soon. :)
When I found out I was pregnant I had just started my comeback from my TFL injury. I had cleared PT and was finally starting to get some good running back in. And cue life! Here comes pregnancy and BONUS there's not one but two babies. WHAT?
I knew that whenever I got pregnant I wanted to stay as active as possible. This was incredibly important to me- for the baby as well as for recovery afterwards. Well when I found out I was carrying two babies I wasn't sure what that meant for my fitness plan. My OB told me I could continue running and working out for the meantime. She said I would know when it was too hard/too much and to stop.
I slowed my running down A LOT and just focused on getting out there regardless of time. No real long distances- the most I did was 5 miles. My first goal was to make it to 20 weeks. I thought if I could get halfway that would be fantastic. Then I hit 20 weeks, ran the Richmond 8K, and felt great! I decided then I would keep going and reevaluate each week how I felt.
Weeks continued to pass by and then suddenly it was the end of the year and I was approaching the 30 week mark! Craziness. The belly was quite large at this point and I had shifted to intervals but was still doing some running. I decided I was going to get to 30 weeks and then shift to walking and yoga only for the remainder of the pregnancy.
I ended up with 183.6 pregnancy running miles. Something I'm incredibly proud of. Now to continue staying as fit as I can before the little guys get here!!
October 28, 2017 - Catawba, VA
Our good friends JJ and Kevin came to visit - our annual tradition! We took on a VT football game (of course) and decided the next morning that we'd do a hike on the AT to experience the fall leaves changing. McAfee Knob seemed like the 'easiest' choice for this pregnant lady so we headed out Sunday morning to give it a go.
Going up was definitely more challenging for me than any other time we'd done this hike but I kept moving. I was SO HAPPY to reach the top and take some fun photos and rest for a few. Then it was time to head back down (which I did in record speed compared to going up). After I was SO HUNGRY. Definitely glad I did it, but it will be a little bit before we try another!!
Well, large life announcement on the way.... we're expecting TWINS! I found out just after camp that I was pregnant and got an appointment scheduled with my doctor. When I went in for that first ultrasound (what I thought was around 7 weeks) actually turned about to be 9 weeks AND there was more than one baby. Ironically the tech asked me if there were twins in my family and at first I said no forgetting about my aunts ;p So guess I got that gene... haha!
We waited until we passed the 12 week mark, had all the genetic tests done, and made sure everything was viable before sharing the news with our families. It has been a whirlwind for sure since then! Everyone is excited! I have to say I wasn't sure how I would feel about pregnancy but so far minus about 2 weeks of morning sickness it has been fine. I'm absolutely terrified that I'm growing two babies but at least this way I only have to do this one time. We only ever thought about a family of four... so bam instant family! I'm hoping to continue being active for as long as my body allows. And hopefully completing at least one race with them!
Cullowhee, NC - August 21, 2017
We were close enough to the total eclipse zone that we had to drive down to experience it. Jon's family had staked out a good area, with bathrooms, etc. that we could stay at while the eclipse took place. We were over in Cullowhee (where Western is located) about 30mins from Waynesville. We got there early and got a spot under a pavilion and next to bathrooms. We were in a nice park and took turns walking laps between snacks. :) Finally it was time- we had special glasses so we could watch the eclipse begin. Once it hit totality we were able to remove those and it was crazy how quiet and dark it got for two minutes. I've never experienced anything like it- it was SO COOL. I'm glad we made the journey as it's something I'll never forget.
I took a few photos, not that the Iphone can really capture what it was like but it gives you an idea. A can't miss experience for sure!
After a tumultuous semester at VT this past spring, I began looking for other jobs. I felt under appreciated, under paid, and treated like dirt and so needed a change. The only positive part about my current position was that it allowed me to assist Jon in marketing efforts for his ensemble (which to be perfectly honest wasn't even part of my job but the marketing manager was so bad at hers that I was covering it).
So while I did feel bad about taking that extra support away from him, he just wanted me to be happy at work. Enter Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke. Now for a long time I had played with the idea of working at a running store. I am passionate about fitness and running and since I have yet to live in a place (since DC) where I can actually use my background and get paid for it - now seemed as good as any time to take a career shift and do something I enjoyed.
I originally interviewed with them in March but due to my time constraints (finishing the semester with VT) and their finding some great part-time hires they couldn't take me on. Then in April just after my big races (and big injury) they asked me to come back in to talk once more. I was happy to be given a second chance!
I met with both owners and the store manager and felt great about the final interview. I was hopeful that this would be my turn. A few days later I got the call that they were definitely interested in me and would be ok with my timeline of starting at the end of May. FINALLY! Some good news.
It's been just over a week so far but I haven't been happier at a job. I realize switching to retail and crazy hours seems insane to some but having zero stress and talking with people about the things I love is the best thing I could have done for me.
Here's to new beginnings!
In the spirit of Oiselle's WheelsUP17 AND Destroy/Create campaigns I've spent quite a bit of time (like all of January) ruminating on my goals for the year.
Run a sub 2-hour half
Run a sub 26 min 5K
Go to RRCA training
Pay off Jon's school loans
Read 12 books
Travel: (these are mostly planned!)
Visit friends in TX (AUAM reunion)
Boston Marathon weekend!
Long weekend abroad?
I would love to see most of these come to fruition this year. I want to break through my mental barriers so I can build myself into a stronger, leaner running machine. I want to destroy this notion that I can't enjoy life (take that critics) and create a healthy, happier me.
Here's to 2017!!
December 2016 - Wilmington, Raleigh, Waynesville, NC & Rehoboth Beach, DE
The holidays. It's always nice to have a break but still a little stressful trying to cram so much in while being away from work!
This year we started our festivities in Wilmington the week prior to xmas. I grabbed Jon from the airport (he was coming from a conference in Chicago) and then we settled down for a day of food, presents and family time. It was nice to visit with everyone and be at the beach (even if it was brief). The next morning Jon and I got up for a run- I did 6 while he did 3 and grabbed coffee while I finished. Love running out there- so nice and flat and with a nice breeze.
We had to come back to Blacksburg for a few days to work but then were back in Raleigh on Wednesday. I got to see Kristi, Kate and Matt, JJ, Caitlin and their Kevins, and Andrew and Kevin (Jon's friends). It was great catching up with everyone! We also had a lot of family stuff and I got some runs in as well. Lots of food, desserts, hanging out. Was nice to relax a bit. Then it was xmas morning, we had a nice breakfast with everyone and then got on the road to Waynesville.
More food, presents, festivities followed by some holiday drinking and Christmas Vacation. I got to run around Lake Junaluska a couple of times and we went into Asheville to New Belgium one evening. Then we packed up again- dropped off in Blacksburg- and then headed over to Rehoboth Beach.
We arrived a day earlier than we normally would so we could watch both the UNC and Michigan bowl games. JJ and Kevin joined us the next day for lots of beer, yummy food and fun. I even got JJ to run on the boardwalk with me! We had tickets for a NYE beer dinner at Chesapeake and Main and finished off the night listening to blue grass at the DFH brewpub. Happy New Year!
New Years day dawned and we had a delicious brunch before saying goodbye and spending the day wandering around town and watching football. Of course we closed out the night at the brewpub with black eyed peas.
A wonderful holiday vacation indeed!
Baltimore, MD - November 19, 2016
Dum, dum, da-dum - Kate's getting married!
Jon and I drove up on Friday because I had sort of volunteered him to conduct the choir during Kate and Matt's ceremony. I-81 isn't my favorite drive but we managed to get through Virginia and over to Baltimore while avoiding DC. We got checked in, quickly changed clothes and then walked around the harbor to the rehearsal location. They were getting married in the art museum with all its eclectic and crazy art. It was a little hectic but they were able to quickly rehearse the wedding and then the choir met outside to rehearse for a bit. Jon had been practicing in the car so he was familiar with the piece. However the choir needed a bit of work so after their night rehearsal they planned to meet before the wedding to rehearse again and Jon planned on learning the bass part so he could sing along. [I owe him SO BIG for this]. After the rehearsal we had some time to kill before the dinner so we find a cute little bar nearby and hung out til it was time to head over. La Havana was the dinner spot and by the time we headed over we were all starving! I chowed down on yummy cuban food and we met a few others attending the wedding. There were some really entertaining toasts from Matt's family (I didn't mention- but he's a Kiwi from New Zealand). Then Jon and I ubered (for the first time) back to our hotel because while walkable Baltimore can be a bit sketchy after dark.
Saturday I got up and ran around the harbor. It was unseasonably warm so I was in a tank and shorts but cranked out 6 miles with beautiful views the whole time. Then I met Jon back at the hotel for a quick breakfast. I was headed to the bridal luncheon around 11:30 so didn't want to eat too much before. A shower and outfit change and I met Meredith to walk over since she was staying at our hotel. I helped mix up the mimosas and then we all enjoyed a really tasty lunch while the girls were getting their hair done. A nice break in the day. Jon was out in the harbor watching football so I met up with him- again it was such a beautiful day. We hung out in the Power Plant area for a bit and then headed back to the hotel to change for the wedding. We had to be back at little early so he could rehearse the choir again. Luckily I did not have to sing! And then finally it was time for the wedding!
A totally nontraditional but still religious ceremony was had. And lots of music. The choir pulled off a great performance and then it was time to party! We headed upstairs for appetizers and to enjoy the rest of the evening. Really tasty food stations and then cake! The dancing was fun- a little more dance hits would have been nice but I can dance to anything so we still had a good time. Congrats to Matt and Kate!
We headed back to the hotel after since we were exhausted and didn't feel up for an after party. (We're such old people now). On Sunday morning I got up and ran another 3 miles in the harbor. Of course now it was 20+ degrees cooler (crazy weather) but still a nice run. Then a little hotel breakfast, packing up and getting back on the road. Always a good time in Baltimore!
Charlottesville, VA - October 28-30, 2016
A weekend to celebrate my oldest friend getting hitched!
Kate and I have known each other since we were 9 when she invited me over to play dress-up one day after school. I was the new kid and she took a chance on me- as we call it now, she is an 'agressive befriender'. Anyway 23 years later and now we are celebrating her soon to be marriage to Matt.
I was meeting up with a few of her close friends and sister at a small AirBnB in Charlottesville. We all arrived late on Friday night, grabbed some late night food and caught up a bit before crashing for the evening.
Saturday morning dawned and I went out for a run- short 4 miles down one of the mountain country roads. It was very peaceful. When I got back I was treated to a delicious breakfast by JRuss and then took a quick shower just to wash off a bit. The plan was to go for a hike at Humpback Rocks, have a picnic lunch afterwards and then head to wineries. We followed that plan pretty closely! The hike was pretty uphill but the view at the top was pretty awesome. Of course once we were done we stuffed our faces. Should have brought the lunch to the top. Hindsight.
After grubbing and changing clothes we headed over to Veritas winery to enjoy the afternoon and some tasty wine. The view was beautiful and we had a really nice time. We had a quick stop by a grocery store so I could grab my Sunday morning breakfast items and then it was back to the AirBnB for a delcious Mexican dinner courtesy of Davys and Meredith. We even had Three Leches Cake. SO GOOD. After lots of wine and dessert we pulled out the games and of course took on some celebrity rounds. Always a blast.
Sunday morning I pulled myself out of bed to start prepping smoothie bowls (seriously the best) and nutritious breakfast. I wasn't sure how people would feel but they really liked them and they were nice and fresh. After some showering, cleaning and relaxing we all packed up and headed our respective ways.
Can't wait to party at the wedding in a few weeks!! Congrats to Kate!